Allison Mack is requesting that the conditions of her bail agreement be modified. Lawyers for the actress say the current conditions, which have placed her under house arrest except in the case of medical appointments, court appearances, and meetings with her attorney, are too restrictive and that Mack would like to continue to pursue her acting career, as well as attend religious services and school.
Mack pleaded not guilty in federal court back in April to charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy related to her involvement in NXIVM. The actress posted a $5 million dollar bond and was released into the custody of her parents and forced to wear GPS monitoring for the last three months. Her lawyers now argue that she has proven her ability to abide by those rules and should, therefore, be allowed more leniency, claiming Mack would like to become a “productive member of society” as she awaits trial, which is expected to begin in January 2019.
Mack was charged alongside NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, and the two have been accused of a number of crimes stemming from a subgroup of the so-called cult, named DOS. In that organization, which was sold to members as a women’s empowerment group, members were forced to act as “slaves” to their “masters,” taking on any number of menial tasks for no pay. Slaves were often forced to go without sleep, made to consume an extremely restrictive diet, and in some instances, forced to perform sexual acts with Raniere. Many members were also forced to undergo a painful branding ritual.
In addition to the sex trafficking charges, Mack and Raniere also face racketeering charges filed against them and three other NXIVM members. If convicted, Mack will face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison for sex trafficking, and up to an additional 15 years for racketeering.